When I started going to book signing events this year, one of the authors that I would love to meet and greet in person is Jennifer E. Smith. Yes, she is one of my favorite young adult writers! I was just like a cow jumping over the moon when I saw a tweet that she is coming in Manila on September!
Thank you to National Bookstore for bringing her here as well as the very entertaining futuristic writer Lissa Price.
Let’s start with the book signing before I introduced you with Jennifer Smith’s three romantic young adult novels and some great news!
The book signing happened last September 20, 2014. I was quite worried that it won’t push thru but despite of the rain and flood, a lot of fans were early for the said event.
I arrived at SM Mall of Asia, Level 1 Atrium around 10 in the morning but there was a long line already. Good thing I had a friend who went there earlier and save a slot for me!
While waiting for the actual book signing which takes place by two in the afternoon, I started reading Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
I wasn’t able to finish the book when the interview took place. Here are the tidbits and facts about Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa Price!
The bubbly Miss Lissa Price!
*She never thought to be a published writer.
*The first title of Starters was Body Bake.
*She is a huge fan of Susan Collins and Catherine Fischer. Her literary influence is none other than Shakespeare.
*She enjoys watching movies like Matrix and Inception.
*Her agent didn’t want a trilogy so they came out with just Duology for the Starters series.
*If she can relate very well with one of the characters from her books, it is Callie.
*The book is created for you not to judge people with their appearance alone.
Lovely and inspiring advice of Miss Lissa Price for amateur writers and those who planned to be one:
Write something important to you. Find your artistic and unique side. Go to the book store, check the shelf then find the start of the letter of your surname and put a space on it for you! (Super cool!)
The shy & hopeful romantic Jennifer E. Smith
*She was 10 years old when she dreamed about being a writer.
*She is a huge fan of David Levithan and John Green. Her literary influence is Charles Dickens and you can find a lot about him in her books!
*She enjoys watching Notting Hill and Harry Met Sally. She also travels a lot!
*The secret formula in her stories is adding a cute boy.
* It is not only about love, her books deal about hope and everything happens for a reason.
*The link of her three books: Time (24 hours for Statistical Probability, 1 week for This Is What Happy Looks Like and Overnight for The Geography of You and Me)
Short and meaningful advice of Miss Jennifer Smith for amateur writers and those who planned to be one:
Read a lot. Don’t be afraid to fail and let yourself be messy!
LATEST UPDATE: Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight to be a movie soon! I’m going to watch it! Hooray!
Hello Goodbye and In Between is going to be her next book! It is out on the fall and it is about a couple who is about to go to college. They spent 12 hours reminiscing the past and thinking about their future.
Introducing the three books of Jennifer E. Smith!
Summaries are from http://www.goodreads.com/
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row. A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival.
Can fate intervene to bring them together once more? Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.
This is What Happy Looks Like
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?
When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person.
But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?
The Geography of You and Me
Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father. Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.
A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.
Meet the characters:
The Intelligent One: Oliver of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
I like his brain and quirkiness. He is only 17 but his maturity and smartness is like a 25 years old man!
The Romantic Celebrity: Graham Larkin of This is What Happy Looks Like
What you see is not always the truth. Take a look at Graham, the teen movie star who despite the fame and money needs love and support from his loved one.
The Quiet Lad: Owen Buckley of The Geography of You and Me
If you enjoy unlocking doors, perhaps Owen is your type of boy. Though you can read his point of view, I find Owen a mystery.
So whose your pick?
My favorite girl character from Miss Jennifer Smith’s books is Lucy Patterson of The Geography of You and Me!
Lucy is a certified bibliophile who enjoys being alone and exploring the world. I simply see myself on her and I can relate with her experience a lot!
Now it is your time to read a book of Miss Jen Smith but I highly recommended that you read all of her books! You definitely fall in love, over and over again!
Send me your thoughts below; I would love to hear from you!